Welcome to the Ian Heydon website.
After two decades of scribbling jokes and other stuff for radio and television in Australia, picking up a few awards and a reasonable living along the way, Ian relocated to Vanuatu in 2000 when his wife, Annie, was offered a job teaching at Port Vila International School.
What was meant to be a year turned into three – a rewarding challenge for Annie, an adventure for the children, James and Laura, and the opportunity for Ian to write some backburner stuff that looked like it would never be written.
He also continued to write about travel and, during that time in the tropics, he returned to Australia to rediscover the country through the eyes of a tourist. That journey resulted in the travel book, The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore, 2003). In 2003 Ian also set up Small Guide Travel, a licensed travel agency specialising in arranging holidays, honeymoons and weddings in the South Pacific. In tandem he kept dabbling in writing comedy and, in 2016, returned to pretty much part-time scribbling and part-time consulting to the travel company, South Pacific Weddings/Tropical Holiday Deals.
There are a number of current projects. On the print front Ian co-wrote Dave Prior’s memoir, A Man Walks Into A Bar (published February 2019) and penned his own memoir, Why Don’t You Get a Real Job? in 2020/2021. He also wrote a few novels, The King of Clubs, Mr Merriman is Missing and The Next Big Thing. The first is a retro, set in 1983, and the other two pretty current, set post COVID-19. There are another couple of novels in the pipeline, The Happiest Widow in the Village and Our House – amazing how much time you can find when Covid self-isolating! There is also a How to Write Your Own Memoir book titled You Wouldn’t Read About It.
Oh, and there was that pesky Multiple Sclerosis thing. It was diagnosed in 2010 and was the main reason to close the travel agency and return to creative writing. The most recent project was making a short film for the Focus on Ability Film Festival which, to my surprise, resulted in an award for Best Actor.